Did Bush accomplish anything over the last eight years?

Did outgoing President George W. Bush accomplish anything over the last years?  One could argue that he singlehandedly destroyed the world economy; ruined the GOP; and socialized the U.S. government.  But A guy named Fred Barnes, writing for the Weekly Standard, actually believes that Bush’ “presidency was far more successful than not.”

Don’t get me wrong, I think Barnes is crazy, but for argument’s sake, here are the ten great achievements, that Barnes thinks Bush accomplished:

  • Bush fought the Kyoto accord and he never bought into global warming theories.
  • He allowed “enhanced interrogation of terrorists.”
  • He rebuilt presidential authority, including allowing “wireless surveillance of terrorists without getting a federal judge’s okay.”
  • Bush was unswerving in his support for Israel.
  • His fifth success was No Child Left Behind (NCLB)
  • Sixth, Bush declared in his second inaugural address in 2005 that American foreign policy (at least his) would henceforth focus on promoting democracy around the world.
  • The seventh achievement is the Medicare prescription drug benefit, enacted in 2003.
  • The appointments of John Roberts and Sam Alito to the U.S. Supreme Court.
  • strengthened relations with east Asian democracies (Japan, South Korea, Australia) without causing a rift with China.
  • Finally, a no-brainer: the surge.

That’s it?  What a joke!  Bush was a disaster – he might well be the very worst U.S. President ever.  He rolled back civil liberties, relished the destruction of the environment, grew the government beyond comprehension, engaged in ruinous wars, and he just about bankrupted the U.S.  I am ashamed I ever voted for him.

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